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I buy most of my CDs, DVDs and books used.
I'm driving a used vehicle (my 2nd) and I live in a previously owned house.
Oddly enough when it comes to furniture I much prefer pre-owned over new. I don't know whether it's the environment I buy it from, or just the aged look, but it's more comforting (and cheaper) than brand new.
I love getting old video games used, especially from car boot sales (in America you call them 'flea markets') because the thrill of finding a rare gem cheap is euphoric. Even if it's sealed I'd still want a used one for the sake of it.
There's a shop in England called 'CeX' (Computer Exchange) which specialise in pre-owned everything media, and I always like to pop into there regularly to find a second hand bargain film, game or a new device! ^^
Well bicycles, clothes, porcelain, most stuff actually. I would not buy a bed or sofa and other textile furniture because the risk of bedbugs.
I would say mostly books because the prices at Goodwill are great. When I go to yard sells or flea markets (which I rarely do), I also buy DVDs and PC games.
Books and video games, for sure. I used to buy a lot of used movies, but then I got netflix. I think that, if the original product remains good (the game or the book's story) then there is no reason not to get it used. However I'm reluctant to buy used clothing or electronics, which may actually decline significantly in quality.
Furniture for one. You can always stain the wood and add new handles. Vehicles of course. Never EVER buy a new car, especially no cars from dealerships. Never used car parts. Clothes on occasion. There are some nice tea sets, eating utensils, etc.
Books, CDs, DVDs, tools, folding chairs or something needed to host an event, and possibly some types of artwork .
Mostly books and DVD's and some furniture. When I used to need to own a car I would always buy used.
I buy used books more than anything else. DVDs, CDs, as well. I buy used cars and sometimes I buy used furniture.
Jaydawg......excellent question. Because I am an extremely frugal person and have always been very financially sensible and budget-minded, I've been known to consider purchasing just about anything that had been previously owned.
Shopping for "used" items is a special talent and improves with experience. For instance, as a young single Mom of 4, I learned the tricks of the "trade" by necessity. When in the market for particular items, my first search is for the availability and prices of previously owned. Through trial and error and careful scrutiny, one can find the better consignment stores and/or resale centers. Clothes are definitely something anyone can buy used.
If you spend any amount of time shopping in this manner, I can assure you that you will be amazed at the good condition most used items are in. Well-established places with a solid reputation and sizable customer base, will offer only items that are in acceptable condition.
In my lifetime as a consumer, I have purchased "2nd hand" probably more often than brand new. Cars, furniture, household items, appliances, clothes, books and misc.....you name it. The key is to do your homework. Know the cost of "new," and then proceed to shop around.
For those individuals who feel they might be embarrassed to shop for used items....I have a question......Who is to KNOW, besides YOU that you bought something at a 2nd hand store or consignment shop?
A little secret: I can promise you, I get more compliments on my outfits than friends of mine who insist upon shopping only at high-end dept. stores......IMO, that's a plus!
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